On October 26, a Philadelphia jury returned a punishment damage verdict in the case of Barton v. Wyeth. This, on the heels of a 3.7 million compensatory verdict that had been entered against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, for the actual damages that Mrs Barton had suffered, from taking the Wyeth hormone therapy drug, Prempro. Because another hormone therapy trial against Wyeth was going on a few doors down in the same courthouse, the Judge sealed the punitive damage verdict until the conclusion of the other pending case. However, as of today, that verdict has been unsealed to reveal a $75 million dollar punitive verdict.
On Friday, in the case of Kendall v. Wyeth, the jury returned a verdict of $6.3 million with Wyeth being responsible for 60% of the verdict and Upjohn Pharmaceutical, responsible for 40%. (Story) Today, the jury returned a punitive verdict to be added to the $6.3, in an amount of $16 million against wyeth and $12 million against UpJohn for a total punitive verdict of $28 million, making the sum total verdict in Kendall to be $34.3 million.
Under our hormone therapy update section, I am also providing a listing of the verdicts that have been compiled in the hormone therapy cases. (Download Jury Verdict List) As previously blogged, Wyeth has listed a "scorecard" that did not sync with this listing. However, I think that it is difficult for them to ignore the last three verdicts that have been significant findings of fault against them. In addition, I am attaching a short video (5m:15sec) that also gives a news type update that is being sent to news stations. It's true that a picture is worth a thousand words; so this video is certainly worth more.
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